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Suspect named in South Albany armed robbery

ALBANY, Ga. -- Police jailed a man possibly connected to an armed robbery of Smith's Super Value store at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, an Albany Police Department report stated.

Earl Mayberry Jr., 30, is in Dougherty County Jail in lieu of $3,220 bail, a jail spokeswoman said. He is charged with driving on a suspended license, attempting to elude and obstruction of an officer.

When officers arrived at 1016 S. Harding St. to investigate the armed robbery, Mayberry "was observed in the nearby vicinity driving a black Nissan Stanza," APD spokesman Steve Butler said. "When officers attempted to make contact with him, he fled the scene in the vehicle."

Officers followed, and Mayberry abandoned the Stanza on the 1400 block of South Jackson Street and ran into the woods near Riverside Cemetery, the report stated. Mayberry was caught on Louis Avenue about 30 minutes after the robbery call.

"Mayberry was interviewed by officers at the Law Enforcement Center. He denied being involved or having any knowledge of the robbery," Butler said. "He stated he ran from police because his license was suspended and he didn't want to go to jail."

Police continue to investigate the robbery of the convenience store's owner, Janie Traylor, 78, who was at the register Thursday when two armed men demanded money.

The suspects are described as black men in their mid-20s. The first suspect wore a dark T-shirt and blue or black shorts. He is between 5 feet, 4 inches and 5 feet, 6 inches tall. He concealed his face with a white towel.

The second suspect stands between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall. His face was also concealed by a white towel.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288. The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.